The Chaperone is by Laura Moriarty. A wonderful piece of historical fiction. The story introduces soon-to-be movie star Louise Brooks, who goes to study dance in New York City at fifteen with her thirty-six year-old chaperone - Cora Carlisle. You think the story will be about Brooks, but it's really the coming of age of Cora. She has to deal with her past in order to embrace her future in a time of great change in our country. A beautifully written book, thoroughly enjoyable. The hallmark of good historical fiction is when you want to go out and read more nonfiction about the subject. This book made me hunt for information on Brooks.
Ratings: 11th grade - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).